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Published 1st April 2008

Vol 1 (AAC) No 6

The Delhi Durbar

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As Beijing and Tokyo boost their profiles, Prime Minister Singh's government hosts its first grand summit

In a direct challenge to established Western interests and the continent's growing ties with China and Japan, India is promising to invest heavily in Africa's transport, energy and manufacturing sectors as well as build up education and training programmes.

In the Navy

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The exercise of power on Africa's seas

India has defined Africa as part of its wider strategic interest and is concerned about nuclear rival China's encroachment on what it perceives as its'wider sphere of influence' a...

Chalo Africa

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The Indians are making moves in the diamond market, but will it last forever?

Indian Commerce Minister Jairam Ramesh cut a deal with Endiama, Angola's state-owned diamond company, to facilitate the direct sale of stones to India by mid-2009. India is also ex...

Two continents, one food crisis

China, India and Korea are taking the lead in efforts to boost Africa's farm production, while preventing grain exports to the region

Africans depend heavily on imported food, and the World Bank estimates that world food prices rose by 58% between March 2007 and March 2008. Moreover, several important food-expo...

Ticad Talks

Japan gets read to play host

With just a month to go before the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) on 28-30 May, the Japanese hosts are busily firming proposals that will...

How Africa could feed itself... And Asia too

Asian money and know-how could help Africa become the breadbasket of half the world

The veteran environmentalist Lester Brown asked in the mid-1990s: 'Who will feed China?' The answer is that the Chinese hope to, thanks to more fertiliser, better seeds and genetic...

Not working out

The Chinese face labour problems all over Africa

When China evacuated 400 construction workers from Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea in early April, it marked the culmination of a labour dispute with a difference. In several Africa...

A $50 Billion Handshake

Beijing may not want much to do with Nigeria

A sizable and much-ballyhooed credit line looks to be little more than a goodwill gesture from China to Nigeria, promising much but delivering little. The brief fanfare attached ...


Nobutake Odano

Ambassador for TICAD IV

As the man responsible for coordinating the fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development scheduled for May 28-30, Ambassador Nobutake Odano has covered a lot of mil...

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Managing Director, World Bank

Born in 1954, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala studied economics at Harvard University, then earned a Ph.D in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

Wang Yi

President, China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation

Wang Yi has been appointed President of Sinosure, China's export credit insurance agency, after he resigned as General Manager of the People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) on ...